Kevin Durant scores 14, Jeff Green doesn't play as Team USA routs China in scrimmage

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant scored 14 points and even played some center as Team USA routed China 98-51 in a scrimmage Saturday. Durant's OKC teammate Jeff Green, however, played no minutes and looks like he'll be cut.
From Staff and Wire Reports Modified: August 14, 2010 at 11:01 pm •  Published: August 14, 2010
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The Americans believe they can overcome a lack of size with their speed and shooting. It worked for three quarters. The first field goal of the fourth quarter put the Americans up by 51 points.


The teams played four 10-minute quarters, with the score reset at the beginning of each period. The Americans outscored the Chinese 35-8 in the third, then lost the fourth 17-16 when Gordon was just short on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer. In the fourth period, Durant played center.

Both teams will play Sunday in a doubleheader at Madison Square Garden. The United States faces France in its lone exhibition on home soil, with China meeting Puerto Rico in the second game.

The Americans leave Monday for three exhibition games in Europe. Their first game in Turkey is scheduled for Aug. 28.

“We just need to play,” Krzyzewski said. “I'm not saying China's a great team or anything, but they've played, and that's what they do. They play internationally. Our guys need to play these scrimmages and games to get accustomed to the international game.”